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Preview: Crystal Palace v Hull City

14 May 2017


INTRO
Palace's final home game of the season sees Hull City visit Selhurst Park for a crunch match for both sides.

The Eagles need a point to secure their Premier League status, whilst the Tigers are chasing all three - making for an interesting set up.

A recent run of defeats - against Tottenham, Burnley and Man City - have dampened the recent run which had seen Palace climb away from the drop zone after a series of big results. Hull, meanwhile, have won three of their last six top flight games, though all of those have been at the KCOM stadium.

The Tigers haven't won on the road since the opening day defeat of relegation rivals Swansea City, giving them an added incentive to take the game to the Eagles.

OPPOSITION VIEW
Marco Silva: "It's like a final to us. When we were out of the bottom three I said the same thing; it will be a fight until the end. That is my opinion and we will fight. I believe in us.

"These (last two games) are like finals at this moment and the next game is important. We need to win the game and we will work hard to win the game. We have to do our best."

TEAM NEWS
Crystal Palace: Joel Ward (broken nose) and Andros Townsend (Achilles complaint) have been handled carefully in training this week, whilst Yohan Cabaye, James Tomkins and possibly Scott Dann have an outside chance of returning on Sunday.

Mamadou Sakho is unlikely to play again this season, along with long-term absentees Pape Souare and Connor Wickham.

Hull City: Lazar Markovic is the latest on the injury list for the Tigers and could prove to be a big loss, as he is set to miss out through an ankle injury. Meyler, Mason, Keane and Obudajo will all miss out as well.

Omar Ellabdellaoui could return, but is severely lacking in match practice meaning this game could come too soon for him.

HEAD TO HEAD
Palace wins
Draws
Hull wins
League
14
18
17
FA Cup
002
League Cup
101
Total
151820

STATS
The last Premier League meeting between the two in December was a 3-3 draw, seeing as many goals (6) as in the previous four combined.

The Eagles’ 2-0 defeat against Hull in their most recent home league meeting is their only defeat in their last 11 at Selhurst Park (W5 D5); the Tigers last won back to back away games at Palace in October 1985 (a run of three).

Hull have the worst away record in the Premier League this season, picking up six points and winning just one of their 18 games (D3 L14).

The Tigers have failed to score in seven of their last eight Premier League visits to London (W1 L7), with the only exception being a 2-0 victory against Palace in April 2015.

Benteke has scored a joint league-high six headed goals this season (same as Fernando Llorente, Michail Antonio and Romelu Lukaku), while no side has shipped more headed goals than Hull (13, same as Sunderland).

OFFICIALS
Martin Atkinson has taken charge of 25 Premier League games this season, handing out 84 yellow cards, three reds and awarding five penalties.

His last Palace game was the 1-0 home win over Watford back in March.

Referee: Martin Atkinson
Assistants: S Burt, A Nunn
Fourth official: K Friend

LAST MEETING AT SELHURST PARK
Palace 0-2 Hull
Premier League
25th April 2015

With Palace over the line Hull took advantage, scoring two second half goals through striker Dame N'Doye, and pulled themselves clear of the relegation zone with four games to go.

It was the Eagles' second consecutive home defeat as they played second best to a Hull side desperate for points.

TICKETS
Tickets for this game are SOLD OUT.

LIVE COVERAGE
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